NASCAR champion William Byron has ascended the professional ranks of auto racing more rapidly than anyone in recent memory. Going into his sophomore season in the NASCAR Cup Series, the driver looks to build on his 2018 rookie of the year campaign with a new crew chief, an iconic No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car and support from Hendrick Motorsports.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Byron has quickly amassed an impressive list of accomplishments – especially considering he first drove a race car just six years ago. He continues to add to his already impressive racing résumé after collecting his fourth consecutive rookie of the year award. But in 2019, for the first time in his young NASCAR career, Byron will compete on the track without a yellow rookie stripe adorning his back bumper.
Hendrick Motorsports signed Byron, then 18, in August 2016 when he was a record-breaking rookie in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. By the end of his season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, he had racked up an astounding seven victories, 3,248 laps led and three pole positions en route to rookie of the year honors. Although Byron narrowly missed winning the championship due to an engine failure, it was the most successful debut season in series history.
In 2017, Byron moved up to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports, where in addition to winning the series championship, he earned four wins, two pole positions, 12 top-five finishes, 22 top-10s and rookie of the year. His title-winning campaign included victories at Iowa, ISM Raceway and the historic venues of Daytona and Indianapolis, where he became the youngest winner of a major race in the track’s 108-year history.
As Byron competed for a championship in the Xfinity Series, Hendrick Motorsports announced his next – and biggest – career move in August 2017. Not only would he take the next step to the elite NASCAR Cup Series, but it would be in the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team.
Byron began his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992. Like Gordon, Byron went on to claim the rookie of the year title, becoming only the second driver to win rookie of the year honors in each of NASCAR’s three national series in back-to-back-to-back seasons. Byron will head into 2019 looking to build off the experience he gained during his rookie campaign while leaning on his newly appointed veteran crew chief, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Chad Knaus.
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